Apple Custard ~1881

Apple Custard Recipe 1881 Simple apple custard recipe. Naturally gluten free. I love that it uses the egg custard base - which is the basically the same recipe for cream custard and bread pudding. Ingredients 6 tart apples A little water for stewing Sprinkled white sugar 8 eggs (I would probably do 4-5 large eggs)... Continue Reading →

Friday Menu ~1910

Happy Friday. Oatmeal soup, anyone? The recipe looks better than it sounds. Also love that we have fried bananas. Not sure I'll get to try it, though. Brought home 3 bunches of bananas for the teens yesterday. Went for a walk and 45 minutes later one of the bunches was gone!?! Here's to the weekend!... Continue Reading →

Mother’s Gingerbread ~1922

Gingerbread Recipe. Is it too soon for gingerbread? My instincts say 'no'. If the big box store down the road can roll out Christmas kitsch in October, then I can post a gingerbread recipe. Sound logic! Notes: Substituted 1:1 all purpose gluten free flour.Recommend adding 2 Tbsp. of ginger and 1 tsp. of allspice. Use... Continue Reading →

Plain White Cake ~1922

Plain White Cake Recipe. Notes: Substituted 1:1 all purpose gluten free flour. Worked just fine. Used orange zest from 1/2 large orange instead of orange extract. Came out lovely. Use only 1 round cake pan. It does not make enough for two layers. Keep temperature at 350. Glazed with a buttercream frosting. Huge success! Source:... Continue Reading →

Feeding a Family for a Week ~1875

How a Piece of Roast Beef and a Boiled Leg of Mutton May Serve a Small Family for a Week. This particular selection is familiar to me. My go-to meat is a whole chicken, however, mutton being unavailable locally. The Convivial chicken menu looks something like the following: Sunday - Roast whole chicken with rice... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday Yuban and Exercise ~1917

Yuban Coffee Advertisement. After exercise, you breath in its steaming fragrance and slowly sip its delicious flavor, at peace with the world... Happy Monday! More Fun Discoveries American Domestic Cookery ~1819 Coffee Monday: Washington’s Coffee British Wine Maker and Domestic Brewer Review ~1835  

Aunt Laura’s Breakfast Potatoes ~1875

Scalloped Potato Recipe. Aunt Laura's Breakfast Potatoes - part recipe, part glimpse at another life in another era. These are some of my favorite discoveries. I sit contemplating whether Aunt Laura would have been happier born 100 years later, pursuing a high-powered managerial career, eating California fusion cuisine delivered by Blue Apron at the end... Continue Reading →

Apples! Apples! Apples! ~1875

6 Apple Recipes. Gearing up for apple season. The Girl and The Boy still enjoy going out to the orchards and doing u-pick apples. Something infinitely gratifying about harvesting your own food. Pulled out the dehydrator and making space in the freezer. Located the apple peeler/corer/slicer - ingenious invention. How about some apple side dishes... Continue Reading →

Friday Menu ~1910

Happy Friday. Source: The Spokane Press, October 17, 1910. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Kitchen Woodcut ~1810 Family Sauce ~1825 Rice Pudding ~1917

Pineapple Beer ~1875

Pineapple Beer Recipe. Not a big beer fan because, as a rule, it's not gluten free. This recipe seems easy enough. It would hardly be alcoholic if you use it within 24 hours. Maybe that's what makes it a beer instead of a sparkling wine. What I love is that the recipe uses the rind... Continue Reading →

October Poem ~1917

Feeling Fall. Source: A Thousand Ways to Please a Husband, c. 1917. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Stock ~1855 Gotham Pudding ~1866 Navigating Antique Cookbooks 101

October Menu ~1884

October Menu. Welcome October! Fall is truly here. This month's menu comes from the Franco-American Cookery Book; Or, how to live well and eat wisely every day of the year. This menu is quite the production! From stewed frogs to French fries, there's something for everyone. The poor snipe is featured, again. I'm surprised there... Continue Reading →

Fairy Butter ~1875

Fairy Butter Recipe. May your day be filled with the whimsey of fairies, nestled in sugary folds. To be used as icing. Source: In the Kitchen, 1875. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Tomato Stuffed with Rice ~1917 Preserved Violets ~1890 Lighthouse Kitchen ~1855

Autumn Leaves ~1875

How to Preserve Leaves. Crisp fall day here. Was looking for a cake recipe, and stumbled across this seasonal gem. A little weekend craft time, perhaps? Source: In the Kitchen, 1875. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Tomato Stuffed with Rice ~1917 Preserved Violets ~1890 Lighthouse Kitchen ~1855

Measurement Conversions ~1875

Antique Cookbook Measurements. Finally! A clear guide to all of those obscure weights and measures for the Victorian kitchen. From gills, to pecks, to tumblers. Butter the size of an egg has always been a bit of a mystery. #useful Source: In the Kitchen, 1875. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Carrot Soup ~1819 Pastry... Continue Reading →

Pickles ~1819

Pickling Season. When I think of a pickling recipe, I think of ingredients. These recipes do their civic duty, however, to warn about poisonous pickling practices. Oh my! Alas, I did not find a good recipe to pickle my green beans in this particular cook book, so resorted to the WWW. Found this easy recipe... Continue Reading →

Grape Harvest ~2018

No Gym Membership Needed. Harvesting and processing 200 lbs. of grapes is brutal work. Yesterday started at 6:00 am out in what can only be described as an idyllic vineyard setting. Fog gently receding over the rolling hills covered with oaks the occasional cow. The CA wine grape harvest season is in full swing. The... Continue Reading →

Feeling Saucy ~1819

6 Sauce Recipes. No parsley? No problem! Off colored meat? No problem! Vive le saucier! Source: American domestic cookery, formed on principles of economy, for the use of private families. 1819. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Cream Peppermints ~1897 You Will Slay Them By The Thousand ~1856 I must confess to a weakness for asparagus in... Continue Reading →

Tomato Stuffed with Rice ~1917

Stuffed Tomato Recipe Why aren't there more stuffed tomato recipes? So many people have an aversion to stuffed peppers, maybe they unfairly get lumped into the same taste category? This stuffed tomato recipe is similar to the tomato and egg recipe (1900), but with a heartier twist that can make it a gluten free, vegetarian... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday Yuban ~1920

Yuban Coffee Advertisement. "No matter how tolerant a man may be of his food, he is always critical of the quality of his coffee." Yuban is the unfailing coffee. Happy Monday! More Fun Discoveries L’Eau de la Vie Recipe 1837 Coffee Monday: Washington’s Coffee British Wine Maker and Domestic Brewer Review ~1835  

Fritters ~1819

Apple Fritters Recipe. New to fritters, here. Was inspired after watching a cooking show and found a simple apple fritter recipe in American domestic cookery, formed on principles of economy, for the use of private families, my current kitchen companion. Here's the pancake recipe. Fritter batter is supposed to be runnier than regular pancake batter. Notes:... Continue Reading →

Cookery for the Poor ~1819

General Remarks and Hints. I promise a few hints, to enable every family to assist the poor of their neighbourhood at a very trivial expense; and these may be varied or amended at the discretion of the mistress. This excerpt speaks to the value placed on philanthropy and giving in Victorian homes. I've never come... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday ~1920

Clear Eyed Businessman. "In every country where the impossible is demanded the American business man is sent for - America's greatest product." I love Yuban adverts. This makes me want to go take on the world. Maybe I'll start by having another cup of coffee, first... Happy Monday! More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Cape... Continue Reading →

Jam ~1819

Strawberry Jam. Who doesn't love strawberry jam on Sunday morning waffles? Antique cookbooks can be curious reads - as much for of what they include as what they exclude. I went searching for a strawberry jam recipe hoping to preserve some strawberries for the winter months ahead. Most cookbooks will include a section on preserves... Continue Reading →

Orange Wine ~1837

Orange Wine Recipe. This post is 9 months in the making! Just bottled my first orange wine. To each gallon of water add: 2 Lbs. white sugar (4 cups) 1 Lb. raisins Juice and peel of 1 Seville orange Other Ingredients: 1 Package white wine yeast (Montrachet) Re-hydrate the raisins by letting them soak in... Continue Reading →

Rice Edging ~1819

Rice Edging Recipe. Rice is a big staple in our home due to our strict gluten-free diets. Whenever a new rice recipe surfaces, I'm always interested! A side of rice is so blah.  A rice edge? Kind of edgy...  The next time I entertain, I am going to try making a rice edging for my... Continue Reading →

Coffee Monday: Edison Electric ~1920

Here Is Your Coffee, Jim. "Thanks, dear; you certainly do make delicious coffee, and I do like it served piping hot, with plenty of cream."   ... Don't the let the fact that you have plenty of servants deprive you of chummy breakfasts. Here's to a chummy Monday! Enjoy! More Fun Discoveries Thousand Island ~1917 Strawberry... Continue Reading →

Baked Tomatoes ~1819

Baked Tomato Recipe. Here's an easy recipe that celebrates the end-of-summer harvest! Baked tomatoes are one of my favorite side dishes. Ingredients Round tomatoes, cut in half Herbs Salt/Pepper Bake on parchment paper at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. More Fun Discoveries from Antique Cookbooks Not to Blame ~1891 Defining ‘Appetit’ ~ Late 1800s Daily... Continue Reading →

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